The pixel archives is a library of my photographic images stored on a 48 terabyte hard drive housing everything I have photographed from yesterday to the 1970s including images that predate my digital work when I used to work with both black and white as well as color film.
One of the many challenges of digital images is that after an initial review and edit, I tend to move forward to the next day, week, and months of fresh new images. After decades of shooting, there is a significant number of images that have not been looked at, worked on, or for that matter, deleted and thrown away. Thankfully during the initial edits, I was very selective in what was deleted as I am finding old/new photographs that resonate with my current sensibilities.
Not necessarily in any specific chronological order, this blog highlight's the best of the images I am currently editing and working on. The subject matters vary from street photography, nature, abstracts, architecture, landscapes and cityscapes, people in public places, sports, to studies of the beautiful design in classic automobiles.
Detroit, the Motor City has held a lot of mystique for me over the years. From its legendary musical voices which I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, and later on Eminem. The automobile manufacturing powerhouses of...more
War is hell and those who have valiantly served are owed huge amounts of respect and admiration for putting themselves into harm's way for protecting and promoting American democratic values in foreign wars and battles. I can't imagine charging into a battle and knowing that in an instant my...more
As part of our inherent drive for preservation and survival, the pandemic has forced many of us to re-evaluate how we interact with others—the person we pass by on the street or in a park or even a close family member invited to share a meal at a table outside or inside our homes.
One of my creative heroes is Edward Hopper's use of color, darkness, and emptiness to move the viewer's eye around a canvas.
Similar to painters, etchers, and illustrators, a photographer can also define the main subject by filling in the shadows and allowing the background ambient light...more
In some ways very little is different and in other ways Boston continues to grow and add new buildings to the changing landscape.
At the time, I was documenting Boston for a major university and recently took a deep dive into this file of images and was happily surprised with finding some...more
One of my favorite places to visit is the Yucatán Peninsula where the Azul waters are exquisite to swim in and the soft sand is comforting for long walks on the beach.
What most beachgoers never experience and barely comprehend is the beauty and fascinating aquacultures which reside under...more
Travel is often about getting from point A to point B in as fast a time frame as possible. In a commercial mode of transportation, it's not like you can ask the driver or in this case, the pilot from Jet Blue, Delta, United, or American Airlines to slow down or circle back so I could look at...more
Sometimes a landscape photograph is not always about the glamorous and spectacular but more to do with capturing a sense of place. An unusual posting from an atypical point of view while visually describing the terrain and geography of a local woods in Chestnut Hill, MA. In this photograph, I...more
A very different way to explore your surroundings is to find different times of the day and under various atmospheric conditions ( rain, snow, darkeness) to search out what makes your city or town truly unique. Like many people, I am resistant for obvious reasons about getting myself out of bed...more
To find a fresh perspective any photographer should know the great photographers who have come before and laid the groundwork for what successful photographs. Some of the great landscape photographers are Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, to William Henry Jackson to Max Rive, Mandy Lea, and Valda...more
Pablo Picasso once said, “We all know that art is not the truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies”.
Artists create work to discover what...more
It's much harder for me to find the motivation to go out in the cold weather of New England and explore what Winter photography has to offer. Rarely do I come back empty-handed especially if I head out into a raging snowstorm. The one sure thing I can count on is that there are rarely many cars...more
It feels very strange.... like time has stood still and we are all in a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie, but in this case, it's very real. I look out the window of my home and it all looks normal out there. Sun shining, birds flying around, and the wind is rushing through the leaves of...more
A wider selection of images from my current documentary photography series at the Lynch Family Skateboard Park in Cambridge, MA.
I admire the grittiness, culture, and the repeated attempts by these mostly young men and boys with a handful of young women using skateboards, scooters,...more
A cold Spring day in NYC while riding a ferry around the New York City Harbor and then up the East River to see the United Nations. A classic tourist adventure except we were nothing like tourists as my family is 3rd generation New Yorkers. I find getting out on the water is always a great way...more
1:00 pm in the afternoon never looked so promising and debauched.
Having never been to Nikki Beach before or for that matter on St Barts, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Arriving for lunch with friends and recent acquaintances in mid-March, we started with a round of Rosé wine which...more
Horizontal color photograph of people walking in Central Park with the Christo and Jeanne-Claude installation of 'The Gates' in 2005 in NYC, NY.
The beauty of Christo's work has been his overall vision of using the geographic landscape as his palette for his installations. Christo was one...more
From my series 'Someplace Else'. Inherent in life around us, is the possibility of making iconic images, planned or unplanned. I stopped on the way to the hardware store to pick up some things I needed for a project I was working on. One reason to always have your camera gear with you is...more
Horizontal color photograph of Main Street at sunset in a small town in Colorado.
This photograph was made on 35mm transparency film during a road trip I made back in the mid- 1990s. Arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then heading north to Santa Fe for 2 days and continuing through...more
Horizontal color graphic photograph of a yellow number 5, hand-painted with a black outline onto the trunk of a red 1950's hot rod automobile.
This image is from my photographic series, 'The Art of the Automobile'. I have been following many different car shows for the past 8 years....more
I have mentioned and written about the cameras' unique ability to describe details of life around us, which is like no other medium available. It's vital as an artist to break rules in order to come up with surprising and unexpected results. Pushing other inherent abilities of the camera as...more
A doorman standing outside of Trump Tower while protecting access against people from freely walking into the building. What do these images say about privilege, access, and control? For many, it's just another building. In this street photograph, I bring up the potential for conversation, a...more
I love flat surfaces of all types. Industry, trains, transit posters, and more. Abstract graphic photograph of the side signage and numbers on a railroad freight train combined with graffiti.
I am not a fabricator of photographs. I work best in finding my images that found and already...more
Maple syrup cans collecting sap from the maple trees to be collected, heated and evaporated until a perfect consistency of color and flavor yields a bottle of pure maple syrup. I have spent a lot of time living and going to school in Vermont so there was no excuse not to be using pure maple...more
Portrait of an older woman sitting on a beach chair at South Beach in Miami, Beach, Florida. Miami has gone through boom times and downturns changing by the quarter-century. From the mid-1960s onward Miami was definitely in a recession. With some beautiful Deco-styled hotels and architecture the...more
The Manhattan Bridge spanning across the East River from Brooklyn to Manhattan. NYC
NY, NY so vast, so nice they named it twice. Written about in fiction, used as backdrops for numerous movies and newspapers. The city that never sleeps. The Big AppIe. I was born on the upper West side of...more
The magic of mixed lights at dusk at a do it yourself car wash in Boston, MA
A mixture of boredom and adventure took me to one of the industrial parts of Boston. When I came across this do-it-yourself car wash facility, I knew something had to come of it, if I only stayed with it and kept...more
Reflections off a mirror in a store in San Francisco overlooking San Francisco Bay and the San Mateo Haywood Bridge. CA.
When I travel working on assignments for client projects, I almost always try to create some personal time to explore where I am. I start studying a city by searches on...more
Horizontal color photograph of a ferry taking people between St Martin and St Barts.
In this photograph is a ferry transporting people from St Martin to Saint Barthélemy. The boat was bouncing roughly in the high swells, so much so, I had to position my body against 2 parts of the boat to...more
Stop motion blur photograph of a young girl in a bikini jumping into a swimming pool with a ghosted effect.
During the Summer months, we found a community pool that we could join and we could cool off in the was only a 5-minute drive from the house in Newton, Massachusetts. Both my kids...more
Portrait of an African Muslim man wearing keffiyeh headscarf against an orange wall in the Old City, Tripoli, Libya.
I was on assignment in Libya in 2007 for The Monitor Group, a Cambridge, MA-based, worldwide consulting organization that was at the time consulting with the Kaddafi...more
Neon sign on a cross with the words, “ Sin will find you out” found on a street in NYC, NY
How startling and strange it was to walk down a quiet street on the West side of mid-town Manhattan and come across this piece of neon religious imagery. Was it a church? social commentary? public...more
Brick wall abstracted to a minimalistic and essential photograph based on lines and patterns of the bricks, pipes, and construction materials.
Sometimes the hardest things to see are the things right there in front of us. It's so normal, so much of the same, so familiar that it's almost...more
Pedestrian street light indicating people not to walk while the light is red. Paris, France
I have written and spoken about the familiar being so normal we no longer see things for what they can be or might be. The intention of the public works department was to put up a street crossing...more
Mannequins are a mirror of our culture or at least certain demographics of society. The specialty companies who manufacture mannequins continue to change the look and expressions to reflect the targeted audience's interests from specific stores and retailers.
This store, in upstate New...more
Photograph of clouds and sky at 25,00 feet high, and yes my arms got very tired.
I will always remember the first flight I ever traveled on when I was 9 years old going to visit a friend and his extended family in Wisconson. I was looking forward to traveling alone and being met at the...more
Island with trees in the middle of a lake in a Winter snowstorm. Waltham, MA.
Living in the Boston area, we have both the beauty and hardships of living in 4 very different seasons every year. Sometimes its more like 2.5. Hot, very hot, and fuckin freezing. Some seasons it feels like we...more
Interior architecture of a stone column with a ray of sunlight streaming in. Les Invalides, Paris, France
When I started out as a commercial photographer, I specialized in architectural photography. I was recently out of art school at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and I started...more
Poster of a boy jumping into a swimming pool with 2 people standing on either side of the poster.
Removing 1 detail or taking an element out of context within a photograph changes the actual relationships and the perception of reality as presented in that photograph. This style of...more
Cars and streets at dusk on the hills in San Francisco, CA.
Decades ago, I went to a fortune-telling/psychic who told me that I would eventually be living in California. Needless to say, that never happened as I have lived in the Boston area my entire life. I have always wanted to spend...more
White exterior of the Sudbury Methodist Church photographed in the aftermath of a Winter snowstorm in 2006.
I have mentioned in other blog posts about my love for architecture and shooting in inclement weather. Certainly coming across this beautiful 19th mid-century building. The elegant...more
Marble statue of a young Hercules. MET Museum, NYC, NY.
Understanding what other artists' materials and processes are, gives a great understanding into one's own creative process. Thankfully we have museums whose goals are to collect, restore, and make available art that has been produced...more
Walking the streets of any major metropolitan city often yields clues to the history of that city. From faded hand-painted advertising signs on the side of brick buildings to statues and plaques offering visitor insights to the denizens who lived there decades, generations, or even centuries...more